|Submitted||March 12, 2013|
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To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Massachusetts Public Records Law (M. G. L. Chapter 66, Section 10) for a copy of the following records:
Copies of written and electronic complaints and challenges for removal, reclassification, or other reconsideration of publications including books, magazines, movies, websites (e.g. filtered from library computers), or other media from January 1, 2010, to present, as well as records, petitions, and correspondence related to these challenges.
We seek such records as, for example, are classified by the Massachusetts’ Supervisor of Public Records Municipal Records Retention Manual under Section 17.004: Complaint and Censorship Records, though we do not limit our request to those so classified.
According to 950 CMR 32.06(5), every custodian of records is encouraged to waive fees where disclosure would benefit the public interest, as we believe these will. This request is part of a research project by the Center for Civic Media to better understand how and why library materials are challenged in the State of Massachusetts. We are committed to open access and plan to make our findings broadly available to the public. If fees cannot be waived please inform me in advance.
We ask that, if possible, you please respond via email with text documents or clear, high-quality scanned PDFs. If you cannot reply electronically, please mail us the best quality copies you reasonably can. Your efforts helps us ensure broad accessibility and equity.
The statute requires your response to this request within 10 business days. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in helping us better understand this important aspect of the work that you do. Please feel free to email me directly if you have any further questions.
- Chris Peterson
Center for Civic Media
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Thank you for inquiry. The Seekonk Public Library has not had a formal
complaint since 2002.
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 12, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.
Thank you for your help.
Hello. Please note that I replied to your request on March 19 (see above.).
I can't imagine why that needed clarification, but here goes.
You had requested the following, *Copies of written and electronic
complaints and challenges for removal, reclassification, or other
reconsideration of publications including books, magazines, movies,
websites (e.g. filtered from library computers), or other media from
January 1, 2010, to present, as well as records, petitions, and
correspondence related to these challenges*.
For the record, the following is an official reply to your request. * No
such complaints have been made to the Seekonk Public Library since 2002,
ergo the documents that you requested, do not exist*.
If you wish to see the documentation related to the 2002 complaint, please
send a self-addressed, stamped envelope. I will send you a copy from which
the borrower's name will be redacted. As I am sure you are aware, under MGLc.78
s.7 information about what individuals borrow from public libraries in the
Commonwealth are not public records as defined in MGL c.4 s.7(26) and
therefore, not subject to provisions of MGL c.66 s.10. Seekonk Public
Library policy prevents me releasing that information about what a patron
borrows unless it is subpoenaed by law enforcement.
Good luck with your research.
Hi Peter -
Your original request was indeed sufficient and did not need further clarification. It was marked incorrectly by our system. Sincere apologies for the inconvenience.
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